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Poster: Bobeau Date: Mar 26, 2009 2:26am
Forum: etree Subject: converting analogue tapes to digital

Hi All - I have some great rare audio tapes of live shows that I would like to upload into my Apple computer and convert into digital - can anyone suggest a software for this? (And if you do, could you add a link to the site?) thanks!

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Poster: scott-tally Date: Apr 2, 2009 3:07pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: converting analogue tapes to digital - Mac

iMic from Griffin Tech. very simple to use in a Mac way (and cheap). Included software is called Final Vinyl - recently upgraded, lots of features, easy to learn. You can parse the recording into tracks, adjust EQ, etc. Been using for a couple years now. It makes 2822 aiff files that you can import to iTunes to convert to 1411 wav and then use xACT to convert those to flac.

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Poster: Bobeau Date: Apr 5, 2009 3:20am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: converting analogue tapes to digital - Mac

Thanks - I'll check it out!

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Poster: scott-tally Date: Apr 7, 2009 3:16pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: converting analogue tapes to digital - Mac

Just a further note - something I just relearned. You'll have to balance the input levels between Mac's system preferences (sound) and the iMic Final Vinyl input levels (preference). I set F-V at mid level (neutral) and then adjust the system input to get levels just below peaking/clipping. iMic will show up as a separate device. You can pick the wrong input device and get horrible feedback.

My tapes are well-saturated so it fends off the usual tape hiss. You will need to test a few times to get it right. And I think tape hiss is in the 8K range or higher if one wishes to lessen it thru EQ adjustments.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgreenone Date: Mar 26, 2009 7:53am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: converting analogue tapes to digital

Not sure what kind of Mac you have, but I'm assuming you've got some sort of device that will let you connect your cassette deck to the Mac?

Once you get that all hooked up, you can use Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net) to record and track the files. Then use xACT (www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14246) to convert from AIFF or WAV to FLAC. Both programs are free.

Have fun!

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Poster: Bobeau Date: Mar 26, 2009 8:05am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: converting analogue tapes to digital

Hey thanks! Have xAct - now downloading Audacity - great lead & can't wait to play with this!! Cheers!!

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